School Meals in Charters

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Tracey Patterson
Director of Legislation

510.433.1122 ext.101
tracey@cfpa.net

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Address School Meals in Charter Schools

As public schools of choice, charter schools have a commitment to serve all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. However, unlike other public schools, California charters are exempt from the state requirement to serve free and reduced-price school meals to low-income students. School meals are critical resources that help children learn, grow, and achieve at their fullest potential. School meals can reduce health disparities and mitigate the achievement gap. Legislators should address the access gap to nutritious school meals for socioeconomically disadvantaged students in charter schools.

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